Today we celebrated the utmost gift of love in the giving of Jesus Christ, his body and blood in the bread and wine of the Passover meal in the Upper Room. What may have seemed to be the simplest of ceremonial act by Jesus turned to something most extraordinary by the words that the Lord spoke and meaning and significance it took.
It is the easiest of temptations - to domesticate the works of power by God and turn it into a ritual. Rituals have the power to carry beliefs, ideas and memory in the most secure form and unless it's purpose and significance is renewed year by year through teaching, preaching and contemplation. The ritual we performed today goes back to the beginnings of Judaism, given new meaning by the Lord and celebrated today back in the Upper Room.
There is a Pathe video clip of Corpus Christi celebrated in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool in 1934 attended by 30,000 people. That gives a better perspective of what we celebrated today. The Real Presence of our Lord, the living and life giving body of Jesus Christ is not only visible in the sacrament held in splendour in the monstrance, but in greater glory in the hearts of God's people, i.e. you and I. It is therefore a good reason to celebrate the real presence of God in the world through you and I.